LeftieBiker wrote:SageBrush wrote:I have never owned a Mazda but I respect the company for their top flight engineering despite relatively limited resources and think they make fine cars. When the Mazda5 came out I thought it would be a hit since it offered so much utility in a car package.
We had three cars with Mazda drivetrains: a '90's era 323 hatchback and two Mercury Tracers. I became much less enamored of Mazda's engineering when the hydraulic lifters started failing - not just in the 323 but in both Tracers. They designed them poorly, they all seemed to fail even before 100k miles, and as a result I haven't seen this drivetrain on the road in 15 years. Meh.
I had a '93 323 that was my beloved car for several years before I got talked out of it by my father-in-law. The car cost me $250, needed a battery and a radiator and had a warped head. I found a receipt in the car with a warranty for the battery and went and had the head milled and put in a new radiator. The check engine light never came on after that and I got about 45mpg on the highway in it! I drove that car clear to Puerto Vallarta Mexico and back. I gave it to my father-in-law with over 200,000 miles on it. But he abused the poor thing and ended up taking it to the junkyard about 5 years later. I didn't think about the lifters but the problem he started to have with it sounds like that could have been the reason.
Speaking of Mazdas, I've always wanted an RX-8. There's just something about the rotary engine that intrigues me. But practicality keeps telling me "no!"